Recently the International Literacy Association (ILA) tweeted out the following question: "What is the best advice you could give to a first year teacher?" Since I have been serving as a mentor to two first year teachers this year, I was interested in what responses the tweet would elicit. Along with waiting to read the responses from fellow educators, I went ahead and submitted my own. Anyone who has heard me speak, read anything on my social media accounts, or has seen me in the classroom shouldn't be surprised that I included these three "P" words in my answer: positive, passionate, and PIRATE! It turns out my answer resonated with someone at ILA because not long after, I found out it would be included in their ILA Conference issue, which is out now.
What advice would you give to a first year teacher?